We can always look on the bright side when God is on our side.

[Hey families! See below to watch the video and talk about this topic.]

Memory Verse
Habakkuk 2:4 Look at the proud! They trust in themselves, and their lives are crooked.  But the righteous will live by their faithfulness to God.”

Hey kids! Today we’re finishing up our series on the book of Habakkuk. What a funny name! Remember what it means? “Wrestler”! Habakkuk wrestled with God because he looked around and didn’t like what he saw.

Have you ever done that? Have you ever looked around and thought,

  • “This isn’t fair!” or
  • “I hate my life!” or
  • “Why did this happen to me?” or
  • “I can’t even pronounce my name?”

If you’ve ever felt that way, then this lesson is for you! Here’s the first thing Habakkuk wants you to know:

There are two ways to look at every problem.

Did you even know that? No matter what problems come along, you can look on bright side of the problem or you can look on the dark side. The person who always looks on the bright side is called an “optimist”. That person could find something good about anything! The person who always looks on the dark side is called a “pessimist”. That person could find something bad about anything!

Think about how we react to our friends when we’re playing a game and someone breaks the rules. What do kids say?

  • “I quit!”
  • “I don’t like you anymore”
  • “That’s not fair”
  • “I’m taking my ball and going home!”

That’s being a pessimist, and it’s not fun at all!

[Related Topic: Don’t drink poisonous thoughts]

How do you look at your problems?

Look at the line below, with “optimist” on the right and “pessimist” on the left. Where would you put yourself on the line? Where would you put your parents or your siblings?

Pessimist                                                                                                                        Optimist


      

Habakkuk was an optimist, at least by the end of his book. Look what he said:

Hab 3:17- 18 Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and……yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!

He walked over to a tree and it was dead! Instead of being negative and chopping down the tree or punching it in the nose, he made a different choice. He said, “I will rejoice in the Lord” anyway!

He looked on the bright side.

We can always look on the bright side when God is on our side.

You can’t choose your problems in life, silly! But you can choose how you are going to react. Be like Habakkuk! Remember that God is on your side, and that should make things look a little brighter.

When bad things happened to Habakkuk, he said, “it’s OK, because God saved me!” Did you know that you can say the same thing if you’ve asked Jesus into your heart? God saved you! That’s looking on the bright side.

And if you haven’t asked Jesus into your heart, you should talk to a parent or teacher about it. That’s the main thing that helps us to look on the bright side. No matter what, God is on our side because of Jesus.

So next time you get sad or mad, look on the bright side!

[Related Topic: Think about lovely things]

Watch and Discuss:

  1. What was your favorite part of the video? What is one thing you learned from the video?
  2. How do your friends respond when they beat you playing a game? How do you respond when you win or lose?
  3. In your own words, define what it means to be a pessimist? What does it mean to be an optimist?
  4. Why is it better to be an optimist?
  5. How does having a relationship with Jesus change the way we view our problems?
  6. Read Philippians 4:8. What should our thoughts be like? What is likely to happen if we focus only on the negative, yucky thoughts?
  7. How will you apply this lesson to your life this week?

 

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